Very deep and wise post. I agree completely, but I still hope the option is always there, just subtly hidden, that if V fights hard enough, Thinks smart enough, and just tries hard enough that V can be blessed with a good result.Heartwarming, yes, but in my opinion not very intriguing. It doesn't leave the audience thinking, on the contrary even. For me, happy ends often are very forgettable, because they just show that everything is fine, the villains are defeated, the plot is resolved, the hero gets the woman, AND the money, and/or the fame, and that's about it. There's rarely anything to think about, rarely a deeper meaning, aside from "Defeat evil and you get the woman/money/fame...". It's like disposable products, you use them, you throw them away. Just look at superhero movies, it's more or less just happy ending, after happy ending, after happy ending,...
And don't get me wrong, I am not saying that happy ends are bad, after all, no one could imagine Star Wars without the rebels defeating the empire, or without Luke saving his father from the dark side. No, the question is: "Does it fit?" In Star Wars the happy end fits.
In Blade Runner it wouldn't fit, and could even destroy the entire movie. I would even say, that Blade Runner threw happy ends from the table right from the beginning with its heavy influences from Film Noir. It left people thinking, so much so that they came up with the theory, that Deckard could have been a synth himself.
And this years Cyberpunk 2077 trailer, kinda mobbed the floor with happy ends, by showing us the (maybe avoidable?) death of Jackie. Sure, there might be a way to keep Jackie alive, but I can very well imagine, that there will always be something else leading away from true happy ends.
Heck, keeping Jackie alive, might very well lead to Jackie becoming an enemy, after all, we don't know what the narrative will have in store for us